Rare Ross Rifle Co. .303 British Bolt Action Rifle - Mf'd 1905 C&R OK

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Location (State):
California (CA)

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WINNER: N*****m
HIGH BID: $425.01
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Auction: 11575398

Manufacturer:   Rare Ross Rifle Co.
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Auction Start:
(November 29, 2012 11:25:18 PT)
Auction Ended:
(December 13, 2012 18:05:00 PT)

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Seller's Description

Guns For Sale - Rare Ross Rifle Co. -- .303 British Bolt Action Rifle - Mf'd 1905 C&R OK

LSB#: 120921CB12

Make: Ross Rifle Co. / Canada

Model: Straight Pull

Serial Number: 8060

Year of Manufacture: 1905

Caliber: .303 British

Action Type: Bolt Action Internal Magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “Ross Rifle Co. Quebec, Canada. 1905. / Patented”. The barrel is marked 8060 on the left side. The receiver ring is marked “303 Ross”, over a circle “P”.

Barrel Length: Approx. 21 ¼”

Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with raised fixed post front sight and an elevator leaf rear sight. The elevator is present. We do not know if the rear sight is original to the rifle.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are one piece smooth wood. There is a filled and faired section of the stock on the right side near the receiver ring. There are numerous dings and compression marks scattered throughout but most prevalent on the sides of the stock ahead of the trigger guard. . The LOP measures approx. 13 ¾” from the trigger to the back of the steel buttplate. The stocks rate in about Fair-Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp but a bit shallow. There is no apparent erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning and wear with a brown color on the trigger guard and floorplate. The barrel finish is even, with wear and thinning at the muzzle. The bottom side of the barrel shows a little mild surface erosion. There is light scattered pinprick erosion on the receiver mostly on the right side. The Screw heads are sharp except for the cross stock rear screw which shows minor disfiguration. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A front sling swivel is provided.

Our Assessment: From Wikipedia: The Ross rifle was a notoriously inefficient straight-pull bolt action .303 inch caliber rifle produced in Canada from 1903 until the middle of the First World War. The Ross .303 had many faults in the adverse environment imposed by trench warfare, and after numerous complaints the replacement of all Ross rifles in the three Canadian Divisions by the Lee-Enfield was ordered. During the Second Boer War, a minor diplomatic fight broke out between Canada and the United Kingdom, after the latter refused to sell or license the Lee-Enfield SMLE design for production in Canada. Sir Charles Ross, Bart., a Scottish nobleman, soldier, inventor and entrepreneurial businessman, offered his newly designed straight-pull rifle as a replacement. Ross was well connected in Canadian society and eventually landed his first contract in 1903 for 12,000 Mark I Ross rifles. In this design, the bolt locking lugs are mounted on a screw, and when the operating handle is pulled or pushed, the screw automatically turns to rotate the locking lugs into place in the action receiver. The design is generally similar to that used on most artillery pieces. Unlike the more common bolt actions found in the Mauser and Lee-Enfield, the Ross action did not need to have the handle rotated a quarter turn before the bolt was pulled back, and this feature theoretically offered a higher rate of fire. In addition to this alleged advantage over the Lee Enfield, the Ross was also a pound lighter and could be disassembled more quickly without special tools.[3]

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R rifle can be transferred in California.

Payment and Shipping Instructions:

UPS Insured shipping will cost $40. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks when it is possible & easy and will not damage the wood or screws. We will also break down takedowns. We have had problems with rough carrier handling breaking the stocks at the wrist, and since we have begun to disassemble, we have not had any breakage. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please let us know as soon as you win the bid. We package all merchandise for shipment on the Monday following the sale.

Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-5).

This gun can only be shipped to an FFL or C&R, and it will be shipped from an FFL. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. Please include a copy of your C&R or your dealer’s license with payment. We will need CFLC numbers for CA FFL’s to ship. We are FFL dealers and comply with all Federal, State and Local laws.


Full payment on non-layaway items is required within 14 days. We accept Cashiers Checks, Money Orders, Cash and Personal Checks. No Credit Cards or electronic payments are accepted. To help us properly apply your payment, please indicate what item you have purchased when payment and/or FFL are sent. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier. We receive about 40 checks a day and do not have the staff required to email everyone when we receive checks.

CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.25%).

Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days.

Successful Bidder Instructions:

You will be invoiced by the morning following the sale. This invoice will include totals for the sale and all instructions.

If you win an item and are not willing or able to complete the sale, you will be liable for 5% of the sale price.

Returns (less shipping) are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation. Returns are accepted for material misrepresentation, non disclosed flaws, overrepresentation & damage in shipping. Sometimes we miss, overlook or confuse things and we promise to make it right as best we can when we do. It is our goal to resolve return issues to keep all parties satisfied with their dealings (look at our feedback). Our return policy is not designed for folks who have just changed their mind or who did not fully read the description. Returns are very costly for both the buyer and for us, so please ask all of your questions before bidding and please be sure you can legally purchase this item. Thank You!

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No gun should be fired without being examined by a competent gunsmith.

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Ships Using:
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